Police Officer Recruit

March 5, 2024


The University of Arizona Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that serves a vibrant and diverse community. We work in the most densely populated area of Tucson and enjoy a unique environment that can only be experienced at an institution of higher learning. Our sworn personnel are full-authority Arizona Peace Officers whose primary functions are crime control, traffic safety, community engagement, and crime prevention. We offer a variety of career paths and specialty assignments. More importantly, we offer a purpose.

The University of Arizona Police Department is seeking motivated entry level applicants to fill the position of Police Officer Recruit. Candidates must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills, exhibit sound judgment, and be in good physical and mental health.  We seek to reflect the rich diversity of the community in the quality people we employ. UAPD officers must be committed to public safety, civil service, integrity, and professionalism. This position has a one-year probation period. UAPD Officers must be willing to work rotating shifts/days off and work holidays. Qualifying sworn personnel are afforded opportunities for rank and lateral advancement as well as specialty assignments within the department.

Officers enjoy an outstanding range of benefits including health, dental, life and disability insurance; a competitive retirement package; reduced tuition rates for themselves and qualifying family members; paid vacation, sick days, and holiday; overtime eligibility and much more. For more information visit UA HR Benefits.

Starting Salary of $56,238 annually ($27.038hr); Increase to $57,925 ($27.849hr) after graduation from police academy


Applicants must meet Arizona Peace Officer Standards & Training mandates. Those qualifications can be found in Rules R13-4-105, 106, 107 and 109.  Applicants should be mindful that AZPOST establishes the minimum standards. These requirements include: US citizenship, age 21 @ completion of academy, no felony convictions, no dishonorable discharge, HS diploma or GED & possession of an AZ drivers license at time of employment.

Candidates participate in a physical agility assessment consisting of elements of the POPAT (Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test) : A 500 yard run, 99 yard obstacle course, 165 lb body drag (32 feet), climbing over a 6 foot chain link fence, and a climb over a 6 foot solid wall. Each event is timed, and point allocation is structured to simulate actual job tasks.  Candidates must also pass a written exam.

Once your application is received, instructions for accessing and completing the backgrounds will be emailed to you. It is strongly encouraged to complete and submit both the UAPD and AZPost background packets, along with the required documents as soon as possible.

Other requirements of those continuing in process will be: polygraph, medical, psychological, drug testing and an in-depth background check.

Candidates must first apply online through the University of Arizona Human Resources website

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